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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005 Black and very strong in alcohol. Some dryness in a slight roast finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours looking a little bit thinner than your average imperial stout, but makes up for it looking as good as gold in the glass. Thin sheet head with a frothy thick tan lace. Dark chocolates, coffee, hint of wheat bread, spicey hops, make the flavors. Alcohol content is hidden very well, leaving this beer very well balanced. Palate is surprisingly smooth, for how thin it looks. Strange. Dry finish. A pretty damn good imperial, at a good price. Another impressive beer from the boys and girls at Great Lakes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Nice brown head forms on this black pour, leaving a sticky lace. Wonderful aroma led by coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of spice. Perfect light carbonation compliments the rich, thick mouthfeel. Espresso, chocolate, licorice, and molasses are complimented by some roasted spicy flavors. No one flavor dominates, making for an almost understated, but very balanced brew. The alcohol is never really evident. Dry, bitter, but again, nicely balanced finish. A very drinkable Imperial Stout, and among the better examples.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Thanks Tom (siodhachain)! The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, anise, and yeast. It is black with a light brown head. This heavy beer has a nice sweet disposition. The flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and raisin can be detected. The finish is a little bitter as the taste turns more to a semi-sweet chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours opaque dark mahogany, almost black, with somewhat thin tan head. Lots of bakers chocolate and coffee in the nose, with some hints of walnut and molasses. The flavor is sweet chocolate at first, but bitters as it moves on to fresh coffee, wood, nuts, and an ashy hop finish with just a hint of smoke. Pretty tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle pours black w/ a sweet, chocolatey aroma. Flavor is smooth, milky chocolate w/ alcohol backbone. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
What a great beer. I really enjoyed this one. Poured a very dark, almost black color. A think tan head, that didn’t stick around real long. There’s definately some flavor of roasted malts and coffee here. A very nice bitter flavor. Definitely enjoyed this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Black w/ frothy, light brown foam. Roasty, very complex nose of chocolate, coffee, & dark fruit. Thick, chewy feel. Flavour is equally complex w/ lots of chocolate & coffee, notes of dark fruit, vanilla & earthy hops, & an underlying vinous quality. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Pours a black color with a thin brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, with a slight hint of alcohol. Strong coffee and chocolate flavor with a nice bitter and alcohol finish. Very delicious

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Sample BI Indy gathering 2/25/06 - Aroma is chocolate, hops, roasted coffee, and cream. Pours black with small head and decent lacing. Flavor is stronger than aroma but has the same characteristics. Palate is creamy and smooth. I like this much better than the BA version. A great stout.


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